'Liar' charge a step too far for some Republicans
June 3rd, 2013
04:55 PM ET
11 months ago

'Liar' charge a step too far for some Republicans

(CNN) – Rep. Darrell Issa's assertion Sunday that Jay Carney is a "paid liar" wasn't met with a chorus of agreement Monday from fellow Republicans, some of whom said the comment was misplaced amid real worries about government overreach.

Two outspoken senators – John McCain and Lindsey Graham – both disavowed the remark, saying Issa should focus instead on getting to the bottom of the scandals engulfing the Internal Revenue Service.

"You can go too far," Graham said on the Fox News Radio program "Kilmeade and Friends."

"Let's don't make it personal," continued the South Carolina Republican. "Jay Carney is not the issue here. He's the spokesman for the White House. Just keep doing what you're doing, Darrell."

He encouraged Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to "just plod through" the investigation into which levels of the IRS instigated the targeting of conservative groups applying for tax exempt status.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, Issa told Candy Crowley that Carney is a "paid liar" for repeating the IRS line that employees in Cincinnati were responsible for the IRS mess-up. He said interviews with IRS employees suggested otherwise.

"Their paid liar, their spokesperson, pictured behind, he's still making up things about what happens," he said, pointing to a photo of Carney on the set.

McCain, speaking on CBS "This Morning," said he uses the word "liar" sparingly when referring to fellow officials.

"I would never like to use that word," he said. "I think that we should let these investigations take their course, let the facts come out."


Filed under: Darrell Issa • John McCain • Lindsey Graham
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  1. Tony

    All conservatives on this post should realise by now that they were being lied to by the republican reps they voted into ofice in 2010. I am talking about the jobs they promise you, instead they are all engulfed in investigations that make no sense, come 2014 you need to fire these lazy bums and put people in that will focus on America not the next election senators Graham and MCcain is spot on in how they view this situation.

    June 4, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  2. Papabear

    8% approval rating of the Republican held House. That's enough for me. Turn the House in 2014. Take the Tea and old fart Republican party out.

    June 4, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  3. H Ward

    Democrat or Republican, or Other, we should all be concerned about why Americans were allowed to die in Benghazi, (how did Hillary or Obama know that help 13 hours later wouldn't be needed), why specific groups are being targeted by the IRS, (you will care about this when there is a Republican in the WH) and why our government is not obeying the laws of our Constitution. I'm sick of our government caring more about their Party affiliation then their country. Forget party lines for awhile and focus on facts. Lying should not be acceptable in our government!! Covering up the facts should not be acceptable either by our government or the news medias.

    June 4, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. UDidntBuildThat

    What do u call someone who does not tell the truth? A liar. That is what Carney did on numerous occasion.
    This Admin has lied to the American people repeatedly. Thank goodness someone had the guts to call it what it is. LIES! We are tired of it.
    If it were a republican feeding lies to us he too is a liar!!! Get over it people and stop with this political correctness, demand the truth and hold this Admin accountable for the depts that are corrupt! The IRS reports to the Executive Branch ie the White House. The buck stops with Obama the person in charge. Whether he knew or not he is responsbile for the morons in his admin. He appointed/hire them. A CEO is reponsbile for all of his dept in his company so is the POTUS!

    June 4, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  5. UDidntBuildThat

    Can these two just head off to a pasture somewhere. Not only are they irrelevant, but they are the worse!

    June 4, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    'Liar' charge a step too far for some Republicans
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    ONLY in the liberal arena.
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    A charge of liar coming from a man accused of insurance fraud in the arson fire of his plant is NOT someone who should be conducting thiese hearings. I guess the selective memory on the Right precludes any possibility that Issa's past and his mouth might call his credibility into question.

    June 4, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. jsmoulder

    If you twist the truth, it is a lie. Political correctness is the bigger problem here.

    June 4, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  8. ugh

    Liar is a suitable description for Carney – and there are many types of lies. Obama "I will reduce the deficit by 1/2 by the end of my first term" – another lie! It seems that Democrats are the moral sludge recently, and it always takes a Republican to call them out!

    June 4, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    cgs wrote on page 4:

    Holder has been caught lying. Why mince words? Call it what it is. .... ...
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    So if "Holder has been caught", then why haven't there been any charges filed against the Attorney General? I do not believe that Rep. Issa would delay or put that off filing charges if he actually had something factual and concrete to charge Holder with. Just because the right wing media has already tried and convicted Holder, don't expect reality to conform itself to what really amounts to just another baseless conspiracy theory.

    June 4, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  10. ditdahdit

    Issa may be a buffoon on many levels, but he is an expert on lying.

    June 4, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    A liar sees liars everywhere....

    June 4, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. VL

    A lot of politicians lie. No doubt. Eric Holder did lie when he said that he did not know ANYTHING about the AP probe when he signed it off. What do you call it besides lying? Or someone signed his name for him? If not, he lied. If anyone wants to twist the meaning of the word "lie", go look up the dictionary.

    June 4, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  13. Wasnt Mee

    Seems to me that Issa's investigation is a bit political. The point of their work should be finding out what happened. Otherwise, it's just another meaningless committee meeting costing us money.

    June 4, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  14. Harry101

    Wasnt Mee

    Seems to me that Issa's investigation is a bit political. The point of their work should be finding out what happened. Otherwise, it's just another meaningless committee meeting costing us money.
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    Your right it is political however, to not investugate would be political as well and more costly. But only to those who do not support the party not in the WH. Which right now your cool with. What about later will the DNC hold the power form now on?

    June 4, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  15. Say what?

    The Drama Queens of DC are at it again. Liar! Liar!

    June 4, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. Fred Metz

    Where's the story about Obama spokesperson on Sunday calling Daryl Issa ' grand theft auto' and an arsonist on a not guilty charge from 1972.

    June 4, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    This is the strangest photo of these two men. Lost and bewildered looking for sure. Not quite the visual CNN hoped for. It is really very difficult for either McCain or Graham to look anything other than lost and bewildered. I do think CNN had wanted a more "stern" look of chastisement from these two directed towards their fellow GOP "liar". Heck. It's not as if these two .... oh, forget it. I'm not even sure why I'm commenting. This whole Issa thing is idiotic. Issa himself is a fool.

    June 4, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  18. Fred Metz

    Tony and papa bear need to take their own advice. Take a real good look at your glass of Obama kool-aid. Think for yourself for just one minute. It might lead to a second minute.

    June 4, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  19. leah

    All the millions that Darrell Issa has spent in taxpayers' dollars to fund his grandstanding witch hunts every other month...and to think all it would have taken would have been a $2-enema.

    June 4, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. Puddin

    Issa is one to talk. Google his name, and you will find out what his background is. He is just another crook. I can't believe his state voted him in.

    June 4, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Truck

    If it walks like one & quacks like one,than it is one..........

    June 4, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. Liberal Democrat

    If someone intentionally says something that isnt true ... Is it "framing an issue" , or is it a lie ?

    June 4, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. cedar rapids

    'UDidntBuildThat – The IRS reports to the Executive Branch ie the White House. The buck stops with Obama the person in charge. Whether he knew or not he is responsbile for the morons in his admin. He appointed/hire them.'

    The republican led ways and means committee oversees the IRS but I dont see you asking them to take any responsibility.
    And Obama did not appoint the person in charge when this incident happened. He was appointed by Bush Jnr. (and no, thats not 'blaming bush', thats just pointing out that the guy wasnt appointed by Obama as you claim)

    June 4, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota:
    Heck. It's not as if these two .... oh, forget it. I'm not even sure why I'm commenting. This whole Issa thing is idiotic. Issa himself is a fool.
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    My feelings exactly.
    I took a much needed day off yesterday from work and this bs. I feel 1000%.
    How many times can you beat this dead horse, skin this cat....Today's GOP is comprised of partsian hacks, has-beens trying to hang on, and mostly hateful liars.
    You could say the same thing about any one of them on any given story and you'd be right.
    It's like a soap opera that's being televised. If you miss a couple of days it's easy to "catch up" to the "plot" and the goings on.
    Same ole', same ole my friend.

    June 4, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Hubert

    Pictured in this article: Two of the main reasons for the great divide in American politics. Yes, you read it here. The reason there's so much in fighting, intolerance, back stabbing, and out right hatred between parties, is the rank and file republicans, will not stand up to the extreme right wingers, hell bent on ruining the country for their own purpose. And McCain and Graham, are two of the ingrained republican cowards that have allowed this to happen. If there were moderates in both parties, we'd all be better off.

    June 4, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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